Board of Directors for 2018-19

Marsh Stevens, President

Marsh StevensMarsh was trained by his father as a Cabinetmaker and has transferred those skills into numerous areas, from designing and building furniture to sculpture to the design to the construction of his family’s home. He holds:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hon) from Trent University and a Master of Arts from the University of Guelph, both in Philosophy
  • Certificate in Community Based Development from St. Francis Xavier University
  • Diploma in Computer Assisted Drafting and Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology
  • Black belt in Shaolin Kempo Kung Fu.

Marsh has worked as: a Tutorial Leader and/or Marker at Trent University, The University of Guelph, and the Ontario College of Art and Design; a Community Health Planner in the Ontario District Health Council system (now known as Local Health Integration Networks); as Attaché to the Editor/CEO of Now Toronto; as Exhibition Preparator at the Design Exchange; as Sculpture Studio Facilitator at The Banff Centre; and as a Policy Analyst for the Aboriginal Affairs Branch of Canadian Heritage.

He is the father of three children, the oldest of which he home-schools.

Cathy Hyndman, Vice-President

Cathy HyndmanCathy is a retired Comptroller. She was born in Chemainus and has lived in Ladysmith for many years with her husband, Gerry (a special LRCA volunteer). Cathy and Gerry enjoy spending time with family, including their 2 daughters and their husbands, and their 3 grandchildren.

Cathy has volunteered at the “Heart on the Hill” since April of 2015 doing income tax and helping in the Senior’s Advocacy Office.

These days, Cathy is a regular in the LRCA office where she is our volunteer Bookkeeper.

Sue Glenn, Secretary

Sue GlennSue’s caring nature for people has guided her to helping and serving her community. Sue believes that people learn through new experiences and takes pride in creating ‘life-changing’ experiences for people in both her work as a Recreation Supervisor, an Adventure Guide and as a Board Member.

She has a keen interest in continuing education and is involved with numerous organizations that reflect her dedication to outdoor education, conservation and appreciation. Sue has been a Director on many Boards and as a passionate ambassador of Ladysmith, she is proud to be volunteering with the LRCA.

Doug Layman – Treasurer

Alexis Stuart, Director

Alexis StuartAlexis was born and raised in Ladysmith. After spending about 10 years in the West and East Kootenays, she moved back to Ladysmith in 2007 with her husband, Dave. She has a BSW and is a registered social worker, having spent the majority of her career working with youth.

She currently works for Island Health, coordinating the P.A.R.T.Y. (Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth) Program for Central and North Vancouver Island.

Alexis loves cooking, gardening, yoga, having bonfires, and spending time with family. She is honoured to serve on the LRCA board and currently serves on the Performance Assurance and Strategic Planning Committees.

Christy Villiers – Director

Christy has lived in Ladysmith for the past 4 years but has been in the Cowichan Region for 15.  She is proud to be raising 4 children in Ladysmith and promotes a culturally safe and healthy community for all members of Ladysmith including youth, young families, and elders.

Christy has an undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto.  She also holds a post baccalaureate from Simon Fraser University in Social Policy Research and Development.  Christy currently works as a social planner in the Cowichan Region and specializes in building community safety.

Christy is an avid cyclist, loves to garden and is a big hockey fan especially when her kids are playing.  Christy is honoured to be in service for her community and to be a board member for the Ladysmith Resources Centre.  

Mitch Wright – Director

Mitch Wright is a 20-year Ladysmith resident, a dedicated community volunteer, a former newspaper editor now working as a power engineer.

Along with sitting on LRCA’s board, he is an active member of Cowichan Search and Rescue and spent five years on that organization’s board. He previously sat on the Nanaimo CrimeStoppers board.

Although he currently works full-time as a power engineer, he began his professional life in community newspapers, winning a number of provincial and national awards during 15 years as a journalist. His first job as a newspaper editor was with the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle. He left newspapers in 2012 after five years as editor of the nearby Nanaimo Bulletin to join the media relations team at the University of Victoria. After a major career change in 2014, he continues to provide freelance writing and media relations services.

Mitch is an avid reader, mountain biker, golfer and father of two young daughters with his wife Jessica.

Guido Weisz – Director

Guido Weisz has recently moved to Ladysmith following his retirement from the Government of Canada. In his previous work, he mainly worked in policy and research in areas such as housing, family violence, community development and disability issues. He helped in the formation of programs such as the Shelter Enhancement Initiative (CMHC), New Horizons for Seniors Program (ESDC), the National Homelessness Initiative/Homeless Partnering Strategy (ESDC). Prior to his move to Ladysmith, Guido also worked for 5 years as the Director overseeing the delivery of the Canada Pension Plan for Western Canada.

Guido has an Honour Bachelor’s Degree with distinction from Concordia University and a Master’s in Sociology from Carleton University. He has also taught courses on Community Empowerment and Public Policy for Carleton University’s Master’s program in public policy.

Guido understands the power and capacity of a community to create partnerships and programs with the aim of improving and creating opportunities for those in need. Guido is proud to be part of the LRCA board and to have a role in serving the needs of the community of Ladysmith.